Banff, Alberta Itineraries -- Half Day Tour Of Banff

Half Day Summer Itineraries

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Bow Falls

Enjoy the incredible views of the river, Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain. Bow Falls is formed by the Bow River flowing over the limestone bedrock between Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain. You will also view the confluence of the Bow and Spray Rivers.

From the Bow Falls parking lot, follow Bow Falls Drive back up to turn right on Spray Avenue. Follow Spray Avenue down to the next set of lights and turn left on to Mountain Avenue. Mountain Avenue will lead you to the Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola parking lots.

The Upper Hot Springs

This restored 1930’s bathhouse, is the location where visitors come to “take the waters”. Enjoy the outdoor spring fed hot pool, with incredible views of Mount Rundle. Please see the Concierge Desk for current hours of operation.

The Banff Gondola

Discover a spectacular view of the Rockies from the best seats in the house. Enjoy an eight-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, with a panoramic view of Banff and the Bow Valley waiting for you at the top. Located at the summit you will find an observation area, the panoramic Summit Restaurant and a gift shop. Gondolas depart every couple of minutes through the day. Please visit the Concierge Desk for hours of operation and ticket information.

Follow Mountain Avenue back down to Spray Avenue and turn left. Stay in your left lane on Spray Avenue to continue straight on to Cave Avenue. Cave Avenue will lead you to the Cave and Basin parking lot.

The Cave and Basin Centennial Centre

The Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada, commemorates the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks system which began here in 1885. The growth and development of Canada’s national parks are celebrated in interactive displays and exhibits. Naturally occurring, warm mineral springs can be found inside the cave, and outside in an emerald coloured basin.

On foot, enjoy The Discovery Trail, Marsh Trail or Marsh Loop walks, offering an interesting landscape with warm springs trickling through, great views and information on our natural history. Please visit the Concierge Desk for current hours of operation.

From the Cave and Basin Centre, follow Cave Avenue to turn left on the Bow River Bridge. Take your next right on Buffalo Street until you reach the Surprise Corner viewpoint. 

Surprise Corner

Enjoy the spectacular view and take a photograph of our “Castle in the Rockies from this famous vantage point.

Continue driving from Surprise Corner as this road will lead you on to Tunnel Mountain Drive.

As you are enjoying this scenic drive, please be cautious when encountering wildlife. Remember to stay at least three bus lengths away.  Take it slowly if needed, while enjoying your surroundings!

The Fairmont Banff Springs Half-Day Tour

After arriving at The Fairmont Banff Springs…

3pm:
Leave your luggage and car with our Guest Service team and make your way to our Authentically Local Canadian Wine Store to enjoy one of our fine wine tastings. You can choose from either; Fondue & Wine or Sweet delights.

Or

Hike up to the Upper Hot Springs and experience the relaxation of a naturally heated mineral spring pool in a spectacular mountain setting.

Or

Take a stroll through the Castle and take advantage of the unique shops and galleries located in The Fairmont Banff Springs and take home a piece of Banff.

4pm:
Short Scenic Hike & Great Photo Opportunity: stretch your legs by taking a nice easy hike along the Old Quarry Loop trail. Don’t forget your camera, as there are great picture opportunities of both the Bow Falls and the Fairmont Banff Springs.


5pm:
Surprise Corner: Take a picture of the Historic Fairmont Banff Springs from where the professionals take them.

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Refresh yourself at our newly opened Rundle Hall Lounge and watch as our bartenders serve up our Fairmont Artistic Mixology Experience cocktails, while drinking in the panoramic mountain and valley views.

Or

Try your hand at a truly Canadian Experience… Five-pin Bowling. Visit The Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling Centre and try your hand at this uniquely Canadian game.


6pm:
Banff Gondola: In the heart of the Canadian Rockies... see More Mountains in a Moment than Most see in A Lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird's eye view of six mountain ranges.

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Visit one of North America’s top 100 Golf Courses, as rated by Golf Digest, The Stanley Thompson Course at the Fairmont Banff Springs. During your visit learn from one of our Golf Professionals with a 1-hour golf lesson.


8pm:
Enjoy dinner in one of our award winning Restaurants at the Fairmont Banff Springs.


The Next morning…time is going too quickly…

8am:
Start your day off right by enjoying our breakfast Buffet in the Bow Valley Grill

930am:
Re-energize yourself in our Willow Stream Spa; Re-energizing makes the difference between just living.... and living well. Enjoy any of our Signature treatments including massage, facial, scrub and of course soaking in our Mineral pool.

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Head down to The Stanley Thompson Golf Course and enjoy a quick round of golf on our Scenic 9 hole Tunnel Mountain Course.

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Tour the Canadian Rockies along the Bow River with a scenic Rocky Mountain Float trip. Enjoy your ride as the expert guides work their way through the Bow River.


11am:
After checking out and storing your luggage with the Guest Service team, take the 10-15 minute walk to one of Canada’s most famous main streets. Take advantage of shopping at all of our unique local shops, and most importantly don’t forget to take a picture of Banff Avenue with Cascade Mountain in the background.

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Walk on over to the Banff Springs Corrals and take in a trail ride on either the Spray River or the Sulphur Mountain trail ride.  Don’t forget to take your camera.

1pm:
Meet in the Heritage Hall at 1pm to enjoy our Historical tour of the Fairmont Banff Springs. Tours are offered offered daily from May to September. Tours are only available for hotel guests and they are complimentary. 
2pm:
Before leaving Banff and heading out on the road, satisfy your appetite by having afternoon tea in the Rundle Lounge. What a great way to end your visit to Banff by enjoying our famous afternoon tea which includes 4 different kinds of dainty sandwich’s, Million dollar cake, Almond Mocha Lady fingers, fruit tarts, scones with Devonshire Cream, and Chocolate covered Strawberries. All of this to be enjoyed as you take in the fantastic view of Rundle Mountain.


To ensure that you are able to enjoy your preferred activity and dining selections Contact The Fairmont Banff Springs Concierge

By Email:bsh.concierge@fairmont.com
By Phone: 1-877-442-2633

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